Speaking With The Agent Provocateur
If we became aware that a friend or neighbor routinely betrayed us, would we still speak with him?
When put in these terms, I would imagine that the answer is obviously not. Yet, our yetzer hara betrays us time and time again and we still listen to him!
First he acts as a provocateur and incites us to disobey the Ribbono shel Olam. Then, in act of utter chutzpah, he turns around and acts as an informer; telling Him just how disloyal we have been.
Since I am now aware of his modus operandi, how is it possible that I still fall for his provocations? If he were a human being, I would have absolutely no association with him.
And yet, I fall for the same trick over and over again; ensnared in a moment of weakness.